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Like many mobile phones these days, the iPhone supports the ability to assign specific ringtones to your contacts. This offers you the advantage of letting you know who's calling as soon as your phone starts ringing without even having to look at the phone. To set up a custom ringtone, go into Contacts, select your contact and here tap Edit. Then tap the Ringtone field. From here, you select any of the ringtones that come with the iPhone, as well as any custom ringtones you've created or purchased.
Tap Save and then Done, and that's all there is to that. From this point on, whenever this person calls me, I'll know it's them by the custom ringtone that plays. Similarly, you can also add custom vibration patterns to a contact, which can make it easy to know who's calling you without even taking the phone out of your pocket, if you remember which vibration patterns you assigned to which contacts. Tap Edit again and then tap Vibration. From here, you can pick one of the custom vibration patterns.
I'll tap Done, and then Done again, and now I've added a custom vibration pattern. Another way you can customize your contacts is by adding photos to them. So when someone in your contacts calls you, not only will you hear a custom ringtone, but you'll also see their picture appear on your screen. Now there are two ways to assign a photo at your contacts. In both cases, you can use either an existing photo of the person or shoot a new photo. From here on the Contact, tap the Edit button and then tap Add Photo. This gives you the option of Take Photo, which will turn on your camera or choose Existing Photo, which will bring up your Phone's Photo Library, so you can select the picture.
So if you are going to choose an Existing Photo, just tap Chose Photo, which we'll see in action in a moment. But if you're planning on taking a New Photo, I suggest not doing it from here, because the photo will then only exist in this contact and will not be available from your iPhone's Photo Library. It's not a huge deal, but if you think you might want to use the photo you're about to take for something else later, cancel from here then open your camera app, take your photo of your contact and that photo will be stored in your photo library. Now I'm not going to shoot a photo right now, but you get the idea. Let's go to my Photo Library.
From here, I can select the photo I want to use and then I can tap the Share button in the lower left-hand corner. One of the options here is Assign to Contact. I'll select my contact. Now before I tap Choose, notice it says, Move and Scale at the top of my screen, which lets me know I can drag the photo around as well as zoom in and zoom out. Basically, this allows me to set the photo the way I want it to appear when my friend calls me. What you're actually seeing here is a template of the screen you'll see when your iPhone rings.
The area at the top is where the caller ID appears and the area at the bottom is where you'll see the Decline and Answer buttons or the answer slider. So you want to make sure that the part of the photo you want to see is not obstructed by these elements. Once you have it looking the way like, tap Choose. That's it. Now when Scott calls me, I hear his custom ringtone, his custom vibration pattern, and I see the photo I assigned to him.
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